Skip your lunch, or dinner reservations because you won’t be hungry after joining us for this tabletop tour of boutique foodstuffs & wines of Portugal.
The evening includes generous portions of the best charcuterie from Portugal. This includes Enchidos (Portuguese sausage), Pata Negra (acorn fed, free range, presunto), D.O.P. certified, artisan cheeses delivered fresh by the farmer, wood oven-baked breads, house cured olives, select olive oils, fruit preserves and boutique-handmade wines of Portugal.
Yes, a great secret is hard to keep quiet and this is certainly the case with Portuguese wines, which are the newest trend among wine aficionados and value-oriented wine-lovers alike. Discover why “Portugal is the Most Exciting Wine Place on the Planet Today”. A new breed of Portuguese winemakers have been hard at work over the last 25 years, and they are sweeping up International competitions and recognition at wine Expos from New York to Japan. In fact we were recently awarded one of the “Top 10 Wines of the World”.
This casual tasting takes place in a cozy and rustic wine house in the historic quarter where you can share in conversation about restaurants, wine, travel or just immerse yourself in the wine maps and materials provided by our passionate and knowledgeable experts. Start with the crisp refreshing whites like Vinho Verde, or jump right in to the smooth dried fruit and jammy reds. The evening’s selection is paired with locally produced foodstuffs that will seduce your pallet with tempting and savory flavors. We like to finish with a tasting of Port wine for those who are curious about Port.
Most of the wines presented are by small to medium sized winemakers which rarely appear in wine shops outside of Portugal. These wines represent old-traditional wine making techniques like foot pressing and midnight harvesting. At the end of the tour you will be in the historic center where you can explore the night life of Lisbon at your leisure.
starting at €160 total, not per person
2-hour private tabletop tour • private tastings any size you like • reservations required
discover the world of portuguese food & wine
We can arrange for a private luxury vehicle to transfer you to and from the tasting. At the end of your tasting we are happy to call a taxi to take you back to your accommodations. Most guests prefer to stay downtown to explore Lisbon's nightlife.
Food & wine items and guide knowledgeable of Portugal's food & wine regions.
99.9% sitting down at a table. There may be a short walk downhill to reach the tasting room because cars and trolleys are restricted in the narrow historic streets.
Foodstuffs are served family style and made by boutique regional farms. Most with a DOC or DOP protected heritage designation for Portuguese and food and wines.
Hotel, apartment, ship dock, or at an easy-to-find location in historic center. A map and photo of exact meeting point is sent with tour confirmation. Hotel or apartment meetings subject to time and location.
7-days a week, year round
Afternoon: 2:00pm, or 6:00pm
Custom start times subject to guide availability.
There are no entry fees on this tabletop tour, which takes place at one wine house.
Hotel transfers to historic center.
Additional food or beverages items not offered on tasting.
Parties of 4 or more require taxi, or transfer uphill from historic center to tasting.
Reviews of portuguese wines:
Four glasses of premium reds and whites, shared plates of local charcuterie, which are cured meats including the famous free-range black pork of Portugal, known as "Porco Preto". There are also artisan cheeses, fruit preserves, olive oils, olives and wood-oven bread. Plus, your guide will provide maps and wine lists to help you with finding your favorite Portuguese wines when you return home. Additional glasses of wine or food items may be purchased independently by each guest as they wish.
what you will learn:
Learn about the DOC wine regions of Portugal. Discover how the Portuguese influenced winemaking worldwide. Discover the secrets and myths around cork. Understand the types of Port wine, and varietals unique to Portugal's many wine regions, and much more about the sights around Lisbon.
Your guide will be happy to share suggestions for restaurants around the city, where Portuguese can be found, or engage in conversation about a variety of subjects about Portuguese culture.
This is not a walking, Spanish tapas tour:
In Portugal our tradition is different from Spain. This is not a walking tour which goes to different tourist bars. It is a tabletop tour, which takes place at one location.
We want our guests to have an authentic experience, and to enjoy our foodstuffs and wine like locals. We do not want to waste time waking guests up and down steep hills on cobblestones, between bars while drinking and eating.
That would be a tourist experience we prefer to avoid. As a result you will have more time to enjoy the generous variety of food and wine items offered instead of moving from one place to another.
December 25 and 31
This tabletop tour cannot take place before 1:30pm
Access to the tasting venue is a restricted historic zone, and can only be reached by taxis, public transit, or walking.
“This was more than food & wine, it was a feast for the senses... we learned so much”
We had taken a few wine tastings during our 5-days through Portugal, including a multi-day Port wine river cruise, but little did we realize until we spent an evening with Justin of Lisbon Explorer how misinformed we were by the other wine tours, and by the young kids who gave us information at Port wine cellars. If you are a serious wine connoisseur, or just a passionate foodie, don’t waste your time with amateurs. This will open your eyes to some rare wines that are not found outside of Portugal, and some amazing handmade foods they have brought fresh from the countryside.
David Sommers, San Francisco, CA. US